Best Places For Film Geeks And Film Buffs In DC

July 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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It is no secret that culture in DC abounds. However, some lessons and history can be best taught through demonstration. Immerse in the extensive enjoyment and education you can receive from films in DC. Whether a film buff or memorabilia collector, this city has much to offer lovers of the big screen. From present-day indie films to yesteryear’s foreign-language classics, these places will satisfy the inner film geek in anyone.
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Japan Information and Culture Center

1150 18th St NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 238-6900

Japanese cinema consists of more than Anime and Kurosawa films. There is a rich history of movie making in Japan. The Japan Information and Culture Center presents amazing works from a wide range of genres, both past and present. And yes, some of those are Anime and Kurosawa films. Stay current with the Japanese culture by seeing how talents in this industry portray meaningful stories through film. Or if you are a transplant to America, use the Center’s screenings as a means of connection to your homeland.

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Second Story Books
2000 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-8884

Looking for an original Soviet film poster from 1984, a movie still of Demi Moore in “G.I Jane” or a dual biography of Greta Garbo and Cecil Beaton? Then this cozy bookstore, a few blocks from the Dupont metro station, has what you need. You can go on eBay or Amazon to find obscure second-hand books, movies and prints, but why not support a local business? Especially because this store has so much character.

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National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
4th and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 842-6799

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Affiliated with the International Federation of Film Archives, the gallery screens films in their original format every weekend. You can watch a foreign-language film the same way your grandparents or great grandparents did. If E Street Cinema doesn’t show enough indie and avant-garde films for you, then this gallery is your best bet. Seating is distributed for free on a first come, first served basis. Get there early to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action.

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Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 966-6000

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As the oldest surviving movie theater in DC, this nonprofit film house does its best to offer great film programming to the community that once brought it back from the dead. Programming includes standard releases, monthly showings of Greek, Czech, French and Israeli films, family matinees, senior events and indie films of course. All types of film buffs can find something to enjoy with those offerings. On top of that, the theatre is also the home of The Cinema Club, the DC chapter of the film society that gives its members access to advanced film screenings. What more could you want?

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American City Diner
5532 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 244-1949

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A block down from The Avalon, this Chevy Chase institution plays a classic movie every night. Movies are played in the outdoor patio with seats for 32 guests. When full, guests have been known to watch from outside. Most films show range from the oldest, made back in the 1940s, to a few more-current screenings. Catch up on the movies that made this industry the powerhouse that it is today and enjoy a meal while doing it. This diner and cinema cafe is “not just a restaurant, but a way of life.”

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on